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    In order:
    1. OC Transpo
    2. STO

    Favourite OC bus models:
    1.GM/MCI/NovaBus Classics (prefer NovaBus though.)
    2. 1989/1992 D40s (Greatly prefer the 1992s due to the black window frames and the A/C housing.)
    3. 1991-1992 Orion Vs (I seem to be a lot more into these as of recently)
    4. 76xx-82xx Fishbowls
    5. 1998 Orion Vs

    Favourite low floor models:
    1. ISL D60LFs
    2. Inveroes
    3. D60LFRs
    4. Double deckers
    5. Hybrid VIIs (something had to come in last, plus would have been better as a diesel bus.)


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  1. The Nova equipped is 4699. 8164 also has the new reader, so they've now equipped one bus of each different model (with the exception of the 2012 DDs and the XE40s so far).
  2. Found an interesting OC bus slide on ebay.... The original author is not listed, the seller is "googilycub". https://www.ebay.com/itm/295079306690?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&campid=5338722076&customid=&toolid=10050 8930 is seen here on 46 Riverside. The given date here is Feburary 1997, but in the photo, it looks more like fall than winter to me. A second interesting thing I noticed is that the bus fare sign says $1.85 (which means this had to be in very late 1996/1997 because this fare was decided upon after the strike in November-December 1996). It's most likely not from 1998 or beyond because fares had raised to $2.25 that year.
  3. This was a strange interaction I had.... I'm not really a fan of people who resort to mocking others' interests or hobbies, especially for literally no reason He also says transit is for kids but yet he seems to be interested enough in TTC to know that people go after the 7900s.... this is totally a transit bus fan hiding here, it's just really funny
  4. Not really related to retirements, but I noticed that there wasn't an up to date active old livery hybrid list, so decided to post what was left according to my notes: 1248, 1255, 1277, 1280, 1288, 1290, 1296, 1299 (8) 1307, 1310, 1315, 1318, 1320, 1321, 1322, 1333, 1334, 1335, 1351, 1352, 1356, 1359, 1363, 1364, 1366, 1369, 1371, 1372, 1373, 1378, 1379, 1383, 1384, 1386, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1395 (30) 1401, 1402, 1406, 1407, 1409, 1412, 1413, 1415, 1420 (9) 47/164 are in old livery
  5. Found some photos from Felix Tse's old "Greater Transit Bus Page" website https://web.archive.org/web/20050620004814/http://gtabus.natransit.com/: 9242 (freshly rebuilt/repainted) seen going eastbound on Gladstone Ave on November 20, 2000 (photo by SangWon Cho): 7844 (freshly repainted with white bottom) seen on route 32 passing Elgin Street on June 15, 1999 (Photo by Felix Tse): Rear view of 8222 at Place D' Orleans Station on June 2, 1999 (photo by Stephen Kwan): 8222 with 8757 and 8735 at Place D' Orleans Station on June 2, 1999 (photo by Stephen Kwan): 8222 seen at Baseline Station on June 2, 1999 (photo by Stephen Kwan): I also found the following photos on Stephen Kwan's old site https://web.archive.org/web/19991111150154/http://members.xoom.com/_XOOM/busgal/ottawa.html(but I am not exactly sure who took these photos): 9210 (seen here equipped with a Balios sign) is getting ready to do a run on Route 86 Elmvale (unknown photographer). Not sure of the date either, but I know it's likely from 1998-1999: 9224 is seen here (still with a Pylon rollsign) getting ready to do a run on route 175 Billings Bridge (again, not sure of the date; unknown photographer): 9243 is seen here on route 124 St. Laurent (unknown photographer): 7455 is seen here at Hurdman Station (unknown photographer): Lastly, 1763 is also seen here at Hurdman Station shortly before being rebuilt to OC Transpo specs (unknown photographer). I'd guess that this was most likely taken in 1998*: Also according to the second website, 4001 was the only Orion VI to lack air conditioning initially, it was retrofitted after the bus had been completed unlike the other VIs which had already been built with air conditioning. *from what I can gather, there were still 17xx fishbowls with the original spec in service in August 1998, I also found a photo of another freshly out of rebuild in April 1999 on Barp.com
  6. Here's some photos recently posted by Paul Bateson on his Flickr page: 8409 at Carlington Mall on August 23, 1986: 8216 also at Carlingwood Mall on August 23, 1986: 8422 at Confederation Square on August 24, 1986: 8209 at Carlingwood Shopping Centre on August 26, 1987 shortly before being retired from service: 8543 also at Carlingwood Shopping Centre on August 26, 1987: 8766 at Confederation Square on August 26, 1987:
  7. 7632 is extremely interesting (Photo by Bob Hussey)...... As far as I know, it was the only late 90s'-early 00's rebuild fishbowl to ever have a black bumper at the front. If I'm correct, 7621-7633 were the 1976 V730 fishbowls with black front bumpers, therefore making this bus really unique. I was also cross referencing this old list from June 2003 and it seems that the other 76xx fishbowls on the list were past 7633, therefore having silver bumpers. And yes, everything on the list had been recently rebuilt at the time even if it was in the older all white livery! I was able to confirm that 7635, 7644, 7650 indeed had silver bumpers. Interestingly, I also see 8106, 8114, 8118 and 8239 as being "all white", so they either got repainted again later or it was a typo (this list was obtained from the "Blast from the past PT3" thread)
  8. interesting fact: The fishbowls would have been gone by the early 2000s had they not decided to rebuild more to keep with demands of ridership (they decided to rebuild some again starting in 1999, for anyone wondering, this explains why the 78-82xx fishbowls lasted longer than the 84xx Classics). The fishbowls got rebuilt in 1993-1995ish followed by rebuilds again in 1999-2004 (I know all 80xx, 81xx, and 82xx received second rebuilds along with a fair number of of 79s and 78s). This is roughly what I have for rebuild dates if anyone is interested: 80, 81, 82xx Fishbowls: 1993-1995 for first rebuild, 1999-2004 for second rebuilds (maple leaf livery was introduced in 1999 but 1999-2002 rebuilds had the white bottom livery, while all rebuilds from 2002-2004 had the new livery) 84xx Classics: 1996-1997 for rebuild (from photo evidence, they started being rebuilt in 1996-1997) edit: source for the meeting for second fishbowl rebuilds here: https://app06.ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/archives/rmoc/Regional_Transit/01Sep99/tcm1sept.html
  9. Here's some OC GM New Look photos that were recently uploaded on busdrawings.com (all credit goes to Luke Olszewski for taking them). The fishbowls look great in the maple leaf! These were at Hurdman station on July 21, 2005:
  10. Just upgraded from my 6S Plus to an iPhone 13 Pro a few weeks ago. A week later, my 6S finally broke down and now it keeps boot looping even when connected for several hours. Prior to this, it would often restart on its own, sometimes about three times a day. It's a good thing I got a new phone when I did, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to get all the data off my old one. Had I waited any longer, my 6S probably would have died completely and my data would have been lost. The 6S was a great phone (it served me really well during the pandemic when doing online school), but it really needed to be retired asap due to getting slower and restarting a lot.
  11. And then there were four... 8603, 8605, 8608, 8615 are the only old livery Novas in service now.
  12. All remaining TTC LFSs in service with the older livery: 8596, 8597, 8603, 8605, 8608, 8613, 8615, 8616, 8617 Updated January 15, 2022
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